Chimney Chute

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Chimney Chute

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 22, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Route Type:
  • Ski Touring
Descent Difficulty:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 10400 ft.
Elevation Gain: 800 ft.
High Point: 11200 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 37°


Leave the parking lot heading south towards the north facing ridge that you can see on the west side of the road for a 100 yards.   Head into the trees on your right, switchbacking up some steeper terrain through the trees making your way up and towards the east shoulder of the ridge, once on the east aspect head west up the ridge line.  The ridge will flatten and the steepen again, to another flat section where the descent starts.  The start of the route is the first major break in the trees with an obvious avalanche starting zone.

Equipment Needs

Avalanche Gear: Beacon, Shovel, and Probe.  You are not too far from the car.


The main descent is straight down the chute through two hallways, which are not super narrow.  There is a skiers right option if the main line has already been hit.  It is a great route but can have serious avalanche hazards and potential to pin a person into a rock or drag over a cliff.  Pay attention to the convexity on the top, this route can get wind loaded.  The exit is a right turn down the first creek to the parking lot.

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